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Top African-American Business Executives to Conduct Two-Day Career Seminar at WSSU March 30-31

March 25, 2011

     African-American executives from some of America’s top corporations and exclusive federal agencies will visit Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) to advise students in a two-day career awareness and planning seminar on March 30 and March 31.

    Sponsored by Altria Client Services, Inc., the executive’s visit is part of the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP), hosted by the WSSU Office of Career Services.  The executives will highlight their visit with class presentations and hosting an invitation-only etiquette dinner on Wednesday, March 30th and speed networking reception on Thursday, March 31st.

    The executives participating are from such corporations as UPS, BB&T, Internal Revenue Service, Central Intelligence Agency, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Altria Sales and Distribution.  They will interact with WSSU students in business, human resource, accounting, finance, management information systems, mass communications, political science and computer science classes.

    “We are delighted to have hosted this group for annual visits for nearly 20 years,” said LaMonica Singleton, WSSU director of career services.  “This relationship has led to multiple internship opportunities and job offers for our students,” she added.

    The professional development seminars and panel discussions on March 30 and 31st are free and open to the public.  All other events are for WSSU students exclusively.

About BEEP
BEEP is the longest-running program in Urban League history.  Created in 1969, BEEP has reached more than 750,000 students on the campuses of 84 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  BEEP alumni are represented in thousands of private and public sector organizations across the country.  BEEP is active at  84 four-year Historically Black Colleges and Universities and on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  

About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is a public university that traces its roots back to Slater Industrial Academy which was founded in 1892 in Winston-Salem, N.C.  WSSU is a historically black university that today is a recognized regional institution offering baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the university among Top Public Comprehensive Colleges in the South -- Bachelor’s Category for the last ten years (2001-2010).  WSSU currently offers more than 40 baccalaureate and 10 master’s degree programs to a student population of more than 6,400.  For more information, visit www.wssu.edu.

The schedule of events includes:
Wednesday, March 30th


12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.                      Welcome Luncheon/Orientation
                                                              Thompson Student Services Center, Room 304
                                                              Invitation Only                        

2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.                       Class Visits:  B.E.E.P Visiting Professor
                                                                        
                                         
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                       Professional Development Seminar/Panel Discussion
                                                             What Every Employer is Looking For: Soft Skills
                                                             
RJR Business Center, Room 136
                                                             Free and open to the public
                                                                                                                          
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.                       Business Etiquette Dinner  
                                                            Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center
                                                             Invitation Only

 
Thursday, March 31th
                                                                    
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.                      Class Visits:  B.E.E.P Visiting Professor
                                                                    

11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.                    Class Visits: B.E.E.P Visiting Professor
                                                                    
                  
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                      Male Luncheon:
                                                              
Establishing Your Identity as a Black Male in Society
                                                             Thompson Student Services Center, Room 207 A
                                                 

                                                             Invitation Only
    
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                       BEEP Women’s History Month Panel Discussion:  Sister to Sister…..Do nice girls finish last?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Collaboration/Student Organization:  Black Women For Change
                                                            RJR Business Center, Room 136
                                                            Free and open to the public
                                

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                       Brother to Brother Panel Discussion:  Tools for Success and Strategies for Survival
                                                             Thompson Center 207 B
                                                            Free and open to the public
   
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.                       Closing Reception:  Speed Networking
                                                              
Piedmont Club
                                                              Invitation Only             


BEEP Participants for 2011
1.    Greg Anderson
, Business Services Officer III, Assistant Vice-President, BB&T

2.    John M. Bush, Director of Sales, UPS - Great Lakes District

3.    Kaniche Cezar , Group Training Manager for the North Carolina Group
, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

4.    Mr. Shawn B. Coates, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Intelligence Community Chief Information Officer, Central Intelligence Agency

5.    Mr. Derrick Craver, Vice President -South Zone Strategic Accounts, UPS

6.    Randall Eaton, Unit Manager,  Altria Sales and Distribution

7.    Lisa Gardner, Subject Matter Expert, Information Technology, Central Intelligence Agency

8.    Terry Griffin, Unit Manager,  Altria Sales and Distribution
 
9.    JoColby Harrell, Community Mortgage Specialist, BB&T

10.  Dr. Denita Hedgeman, Director of Career Services, The LeMoyne-Owen College

11.  Marilyn Langston,  Desktop Support Specialist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

12.  Jessica Roberson, Recruiter, Leadership Development Program, BB&T, Banking Officer

13.  Darol Tucker, Recruiter, Internal Revenue Service Recruitment Office, Areas (South Carolina and North Carolina)
 
14. Vernon S. Williamson, Acting Director, Internal Revenue Service, South Atlantic Region

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Contacts:         
Nancy Young                                                            Aaron Singleton
Interim Director                                                      Director
Public and Media Relations                                  News and Media Relations
336-750-8764 (office)                                            336-750-3152 (office)
336-413-1472 (mobile)                                         336-414-9366 (mobile)
youngnn@wssu.edu                                              singletona@wssu.edu

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